Regardless of what side of the aisle you fall on, it’s clear that 2016 was an exhausting, frustrating, often disturbing time to be alive. But even in a year as polarizing as this one, our leading artists, musicians, filmmakers and sports figures gifted us with stunning works that we’ll treasure for years to come. As the year comes to a close, the WSN team got together and voted on what we thought were the best albums, songs, movies and more of 2016. These votes were plugged into a secret, complex, Nate Silver-inspired model that gave us the lists we are now happy to present. Please enjoy and Happy New Year!
Michael Rectenwald — also known as @antipcnyuprof, Deplorable NYU Prof and Contemptible NYU Prof — was an important story this year, because it showed the power of college media and how even though we are a college publication, we have the ability to make waves and break news. — Diamond Naga Siu, News Editor
Before Donald Trump won the presidential election, seem- ingly everyone — NYU students included — thought that his campaign was a joke. This article took an insightful look at the students who proudly backed the presidential candidate from the very beginning. — Abigail Weinberg, Features Editor
Katherine’s writing in this piece made multiple editors clutch their hearts and dab the corners of their eyes. It’s easily one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever edited, not to mention that the art she writes about sounds life-changing as well. — Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor
This story is my favorite because it added color to an NYU sports team in a way I don’t think we have really achieved in the past. We got them uncensored and in their element. It was a hell of a good time to write and I hope it was a hell of a good time to read. — Rachel Ruecker, Sports Editor
Our Diversity Taskforce editorial combined great inves- tigative skills from our staff and forceful commentary from our editors. This piece really demonstrated what the opinion desk is capable of, and is a welcome break from the norm. I’m really proud of this piece — all the work that went on behind the scenes to bring it to publication caught the attention of both students and administrators. — Emily Fong, Opinion Editor